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Stem Cells The Hope And The Hype

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Whether salvation is still 10 or 15 years away? After all, researchers have been injecting stem cells into paralyzed rats and watching their spinal cords mend. "Stem cells have already cured paralysis in animals," declared Christopher Reeve in a commercial he filmed a week before he died. With Research comes a cure but without funding proper research can not be done. Moving forward with research you also need a larger supply of fresh, healthy embryos than fertility clinics could ever provide.In the Article that I read in Time magazine was about Stem cells: The Hope And The Hype. It was about a patient's hope has come to an end, there is nothing left for a physician to prescribe to that ...view middle of the document...

The other article that I read was Stem-cell therapy: hope and hypeIt is about the UK Government support with its fifth year since human cloning to generate stem cells was legalized in the UK research for human cloning to generate from stem cells. Bone Marrow had derived from stem cells and has been through process for over 50 years. Controlled trials have shown significant benefit of marrow-derived stem-cell therapy in myocardial infarction, and trials are planned or underway in chronic cardiac failure, stroke, and other diseases: reports of successful adult stem-cell therapy in patients with corneal disease have just appeared. Moving forward with the ability to find cures for diseases or at the least treatments for cancer, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, spinal cord injuries, Alzheimer's disease, leukemia and multiple sclerosis. For the researchers believe that results are only years away and not decades will show whether adult stem-cell treatments are to join the mainstream therapeutic arsenal. Adult stem cells could also provide a vehicle for gene therapy, and genetically-engineered human adult stem cells have shown success in treatment of genetic diseaseResearch was triggered by the studying of stem cells can help scientists to have clearer picture and understanding how cells get tranformed into. Some of the most serious medical conditions, such as cancer and birth defects, are due to problems that occur somewhere in this process. A better understanding of normal cell development will allow us to understand and perhaps correct the errors that cause these medical conditions.Although animal studies with human cells are under way. Not surprisingly, the groups closest to human trials are in the biotech industry, which operates without government funds. Preclinical studies have produced very promising results using these cells in experimental models. Embryonic stem cell (ESC) research that is done in a laboratory and adult stem cell research which is done clinically are the two research methods that were used.In conclusion, Taking embryonic stem cells from early human embryos raises ethical, legal, religious and political questions both in the United Kingdom and the United States. The potential uses of stem cells for generating human tissues are the subject of ongoing public debate. Stem cells must be used in standardized and controlled conditions in order to guarantee the best safety conditions for the patients. Safety that has been going on for 50 years of clinical bone-marrow transplantation in the United...

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